best of: color story: aquamarine.
by victoria comment

7/26/22

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay
much like its cool cousin green, pale aquamarine blue, and deeper darker shades of teal and turquoise are popping up all over the place. it’s a real colorfest and a celebration of all kinds of blue hues out there, so you may want to add a dash of your own if you like this week’s color story. i’m not sure i can do a ton of blue because it’s not my color palette du jour (hello, black & white forever), but i know that i certainly admire it from afar and it’s a color that says ‘holiday’ to me. there’s nothing quite like a splash of aquamarine to remind you of far-off destinations and shorelines dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored villages — like the Mediterranean sea, or perhaps capri and the amalfi coast to get specific. there’s definitely a somewhat european feel to a few of these rooms, and they’re beckoning me to take a trip abroad. soon, i swear!

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: bath tile via the socialite family; Vintage Mid Century Turquoise Ceramic Dish from little dog vintage; aqua & palm wallpaper by @spacecontentstudio; Old Havana Pitcher from anthropologie; bath towels by @ericatanov; swimming pool via dixon rye; place setting via the poetry of material things; anthropologie Tinted Glass Cloche; dining set via planete deco; surf mania movie poster from surf classics; swimming pool via retro music; anthropologie Upcycled Kantha-Stitched Throw Blanket; wallpaper in dining nook by @nightpalm; aqua blue bedroom wainscoting via @cotmaison.

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: seascape painting via domino; twin beds by @gypsycreekbangalow; jayson home Bristol Serving Tray; double doors by anna malmberg photography; Blue Daisy Bowl from terrain; urban outfitters Little Glass Table Lamp; bed in reflection via milk decoration; urban outfitters Sterling Table Lamp; shell motif lamp by batiik studio; aqua blue walls by anna malmberg photography; jayson home Bristol Serving Tray; exterior aqua blue walls by anna malmberg photography.

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

color story: aquamarine decor ideas / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right.

best of: instagram worthy: @lammaigal.
by victoria comment

7/25/22

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

this is another one of those instagram worthy accounts that will not only give you wanderlust but may make you a bit hungry, too. this is the very beautiful photography and styling of @lammaigal. aka Michael Gardenia, a digital creator, photographer, and content creator, and the creative director behind @fusillolab photography and video studio. based in Milan, italy, michael’s very prolific instagram feed shares scrumptious, mouth-watering meals and takes us across europe and beyond, and his work in his own fusillo lab is most inspiring, and the stylish, light and plant-filled studio itself is quite lovely to look at. enjoy a look at @lammaigal.

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

instagram worthy: @lammaigal photographer & stylist / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by @lammaigal and @fusillolab.

best of: friday finds.
by victoria comment

7/22/22

friday finds / sfgirlbybay
weekend greetings one and all. i don’t know about you, but i’m just beat this week and i’m looking forward to a bit of downtime and some quality reading with a new book on my backyard lounge (I just finished the plot and it was quite good). And should i gather the energy, maybe even a trip to the Long Beach Flea Market now that it’s open again. if you’ve never been it’s a really good one! have a restful weekend whatever you do.

xo, victoria

  1. this is a wonderful west london home tour featured on the modern house belonging to Ayshea McCormack, the founder of the small home, a wonderful online shop. i love how she’s built these rustic bookshelves directly into the brick stairwell. be sure and view the full tour — it’s stunning!
  2. the venue report is a great resource for travel tips and guides and specifically this guide to central california — the photography is sublime and has me itching for a road trip. it’s a great site if you’re seeking an event or wedding location, too.
  3. i really love this clever tufted fabric diy headboard idea featured on rue and it makes me wish i were a better seamstress so i too could whip one up. it’s brittany shields’ quaint 1930’s duplex in atlanta, georgia and her entire home is so inspiring.
  4. i quite like the idea of this eclectic collection of vases – a very unique mix of vintage and new pretty tinted glass vessels, in different shapes and shades of color. if you like the look, try these from hawkins new york, or hunt etsy for vintage vessels and vases.
  5. i think you could say that this sweet kitchen space may just be the airstream of our dreams. i probably wouldn’t have thought you could tile a backsplash in an airstream, but they’ve done so beautifully. and i love the simple, clean and eclectic collection of glassware and ceramic mugs too.
  6. this beautiful room has always been a favorite of mine. it’s spare to be sure, but i think that’s part of its charm — that and the Scandinavian vibes these few pieces of furniture and that low, built-in daybed create. i could lounge here with some good reading material for days, or at least take a very lovely long nap.
  7. this wee kitchen is so charming. it reminds me of all the small but very utilitarian kitchens you see all over europe, which can be tiny but oh so quaint with their tidy bits of organized clutter and cookware stashed in every free space.
  8. i really love @doitbutdoitnow’s eclectic kitchen with its dried eucalyptus branch hanging front and center and those pretty paper lampshades, too. the shelving is really great, too. functional but oh-so-charming.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source.

best of: wear this there: bambino paris.
by victoria comment

7/21/22

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

we’re jetting back to paris this week, because why the heck not, n’est-ce pas? this is but a fantasy, at least at this moment. we’re headed to what looks to me to be très joliebambino in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. a sleek-looking spot, bambino was born from owner Fabien Lombardi’s passion for music, and a desire to share around a record, drawing their inspiration from the four corners of the globe, the festivity of Tel Aviv, the clubs of London and New York, and perhaps most especially, the Jazz cafés of Tokyo. but it’s not just music we’ve come here for, let’s grab a highball and one or two of the very delicious-looking dishes cooked over charcoal and in a wood-fired oven. they’ve even got their own spotify soundtracks so on our walk over we’ll listen to their tunes with some tortoiseshell headphones to get ourselves properly in the mood for music. we’re going to dress up a tad tonight, too, because honestly it’s just been too dang long since we’ve gotten fancy. i’ve got some kind of tomboy chic vibes going on with a cropped top worn with some wide-leg flared black pants and paired with some strappy art deco-looking high-heeled sandals. we’re adding some further oomph with a slick black hooded jacket, capped hat, and a menswear-inspired Tie Patterned Silk Scarf (because i don’t think we’re even allowed in france without some sort of scarf!). and to get ourselves good and educated about all things new in paris, we’re bringing along Cereal’s City Guide Paris by rosa park so we know where to head for the after-party nightcap. i think it’s going to be really fun, and quite possibly, a very late evening!

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: all saints CONSCIOUS ASTA LINEN BLEND TOP; janessa leone EMMETT cap; Anthropologie Maeve ’70s Flare Pants; ATT. Strap High-Heeled Sandals; anthropologie Lizzy Square Reading Glasses; SHASHI Leah Hoop Earrings; master & dynamic Wireless tortoiseshell headphones; read this there Cereal City Guide: Paris by rosa park; Thatch Guiding Star Necklace; ilia Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm; cynthia rowley jumbo cocktail ring; Loeffler randall Analeigh Cacao Gathered Clutch; w concept Tie Pattern Printed Silk Scarf; sézane ARTHUR hooded jacket.

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: bambino cafe paris, france / sfgirlbybay

• Photography courtesy of @bambino_paris.

best of: inspired by a song: our house.
by victoria comment

7/20/22

best of: inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

i received an interesting blog post idea from a reader recently and i decided i was up for the challenge. reader Valerie had the quite brilliant suggestion that i write a post centered around the idea of being inspired by a song — visually — and that sounded like something that could be really fun, and hopefully very thought-provoking and inspiring for all of us. songs are so subjective and i think we all have a very distinct interpretation of the lyrics and melody based on perhaps where we heard the song for the very first time, or a place you are in your life and the emotions you’re feeling at that moment. this song, our house by crosby stills nash and young was about a sweet and special day in life during the love affair between joni mitchell and graham nash and written by him while they were living together in california’s very rustic and beautiful laurel canyon, where a lot of musicians landed in the late 60’s. so, in my head, i have this whole visual history that i imagine whenever i hear the song and this is how i’ve always envisioned them living and that very romantic, slow l.a. day in their lives. i imagine their place to be a little messy, cluttered with both of their beautiful collections, lots of records and books, and a very rustic and bohemian vibe. our house is just a sweet, touching song about a really simple day that brought two people closer. so here goes — i hope my interpretation gives you a smile or makes you remember what you think about when you hear the song.

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: shadow dancing via chasing daisies; clear vase via @wellnessthroughlove; rose blooming; library stepladder via brooklyn; floral arrangement by rock my wedding; morning light via free people; joni with her cat via @jonimitchell; our house album cover via crosby stills nash and young; geraniums by lobster and swan; couple in shadows via chasing daisies; roses via giselle; bedroom window via the design files; flower vase on a pedestal by @shadedeggesphotography; black piano by friends of friends

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: fruit bowls via the socialite family; rustic settee via my Scandinavian house; Still life photography Record Art print from Marianne LoMonaco; kitchen record player via all the trees of the field; yellow daisies by maggie beth stuart; incense by @thefuturekept; fire via epic cozy; peaches in window by laura edwards; map of laurel canyon by Cassie Zwicker; shadow couple via aulden baugh; joni in the window of her laurel canyon house via @jonimitchell; fireplace mantel via design*sponge.

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

inspired by a song: our house / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits: click on the image which will take you to its original source. in the case of my collages, the links are listed just below clockwise from left to right. photographer’s shadow by @mirenalos; roses via friends of friends.